Solving the Garage Door Mystery

By: Katherine Cook Email
By: Katherine Cook Email

You pull up to your house, use your garage door opener, and nothing happens. That's been the scene at many homes in the Springs, where garage doors aren't broken.

According to officials at Air Force Space Command, the problem stems from the radio waves used to operate many garage door openers. Some run off the same frequency used by military and emergency responder radios.

To solve the problem, you can purchase a garage door remote upgrade kit. They start out around $30, and will change the radio frequency used to open your garage door.

When shopping for a remote upgrade kit, experts say, make sure it's compatible with the garage door opener you already have.

You can find several upgrade kits at

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  • by Radio Manager Location: Washington State on May 10, 2007 at 08:40 AM
    DelRoy, You are completely off-base, and this is due to you knowing exactly nothing about what you're talking about. Fact 1: The DOD has owned the frequency band in question since the 1940's. Fact 2: The garage door opener manufacturers have known Fact 1 one since day one. Fact 3: The DOD DID tell the public it owned the frequencys - just like the public gets informed of all frequency ownership in the USA, through publicly accessable laws on Frequency Management mandated by elected officials - your Congress. Fact 4: The builders of these openers mistakenly thought the DOD would never use this band. The marketed PART 15 devices to the public which are explictly marked as "must receive any interference from licensed users" and "must not cause any interference with licensed users". Well, now the licensed user is using the band, and the openers within range of the radio system control channels will be affected. It's not the DOD's fault, however - they are authorized by law to use the band. The bottom line is it's the manufacturers who messed up and sold you a bill of goods, not the DOD and the FCC - and your beef should be with them.
  • by Stacy Location: Colorado Springs on May 9, 2007 at 09:24 AM
    That's lame. Several people suffer from this problem, why doesn't the one entity that should get it's own frequency change? Shouldnt the military get a devoted frequency?
  • by Ed Location: Colorado Springs on May 9, 2007 at 06:38 AM
    The makers of the door openers should have informed the consumers that it they are operating on borrowed frequencies. It now looks like th Air Force is the bad guy for using these freqs. When all aolng the opener manufacturers were using the freqs knowing that they could be used elsewhere.
  • by DelRoy Location: Colorado Springs on May 8, 2007 at 09:43 PM
    I enjoyed your piece on garage doors and I would have liked it a lot better had you followed it up and investigated more. Your article doesn't do much more than to regurgitate what the government (Air Force)'s the Air Force's frequency, they own it, tough for the home owner, spend money to fix it. For me (3 doors at $50, thats $ much for an entire city???) How many are affected and why do we have to cough up $ when its not our fault. I communicated with the FCC, didn't get anything but a bureacratic quote from regulations, basically no response to my questions. Is not the FCC the regulator of the air waves? My garage door opener is FCC approved...does that not tell me that it should be interferenc free? That is what I expected when I purchased it! Who regulates frequency assignments...the FCC or the Air Force. If the frequency is the Air Force's, who screwed up....the FCC? If the FCC screwed up, what are they doing to fix the problem. What exactly is the urgency of the Air Force's communication, that it is allowed to interfere with an entire city? Hand held radios in the middle of Colorado is probably not critical to national defense. Why has the FCC not told the Air Force to mitigate the problem? As a CBer when I interefered, it was my problem as the transmitter to get it fixed or stop transmitting, why not the Air Force's onus? Who is protecting the consumer/home owner...sure isn't the FCC. As you can see your piece created more questions for me than what it answered. I sure would like to see an indepth report with some "hard" questions thrown at the Air Force and the FCC.
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